Whether on the court, in the community, or throughout culture, these 3 men in the light of Black Males being targets for the unmentionable have found a way to leave a mark on the world of sports. As the 2016 closed out for the Gregorian calendar year, the Honorable Muhammad Ali, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have triumphed and been About Dat Life.
Highly regarded and one with political prowess, Muhammad Ali never held his tongue on the ills of society. During his existence, Muhammad Ali evolved from an athlete to a political activist; where the two roles merged together. He let it be known his objection of the Vietnam War and spoke profusely when the opportunity availed itself with slight humor and a twist of seriousness. Ali literally and figuratively held no punches. With his passing on June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali will forever be remembered as a respected sports figure and icon that impacted sports and culture forever.
Next up is Russell Westbrook, who has single handedly taken over the Oklahoma City Thunder after the abrupt departure of Kevin Durant. Setting records to consistently put up numbers facing the brink of setting history with his triple doubles, Westbrook is incredible to say the least and seems to without question to deserve top running for the NBA 2016-2017 Most Valuable Player. His style off the court is not so bad either and has received the approval of fashionistas (check out 2016 November GQ issue).
Then we have King James aka LeBron James receiving the honors of Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year for the third time respectfully. LeBron made a ripple through the NBA world with his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, bringing the first Championship in history to Cleveland, Ohio. He named it and claimed it. As a ‘kid from Akron’-LeBron’s poignant description for himself, he has reflected this statement in his charitable efforts by way of a sincere commitment to give back to his community. With the creation of foundations, scholarship and mentoring opportunities to maintaining a network of close friends that resulted in the creation of the Four Horsemen, LeBron seemed to have always upheld a vision that extended beyond just ‘Coming Home‘. If you don’t know, now you know and respect the 3 kings.